Tottenham justified their pre-season hopes with a 4-1 win over Southampton, which will boost the belief that Antonio Conte’s side are as good a place as any at the top of the Premier League this term. To break the pair of
Spurs’ runaway success last campaign and an unusually decisive summer in the transfer market have raised expectations and rarely have fans gone into a season with so much faith in a squad, and in particular a manager.
The question was whether Conte’s side could live up to the hype against an opponent they twice failed to beat last season, including a disappointing 3-2 home reverse.
Without any of their six summer signings in the XI, Spurs effectively pick up where they left off last term, in the image of their head coach, brimming with intensity and attacking spirit. And due to the decisive outings of wingbacks Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson. royal
Sessegnon leveled the scores midway through the first half after James Ward-Prowse had rattled the visitors, and Eric Dier put Spurs ahead before the break.
The identity of the scorers suggested that Conte’s side could be less reliant on the firepower of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, and therefore more difficult to stop this season, and certainly Emerson has Mohamed Salah. A comic forced his own goal and Dejan Klosowski completed the rout. .
Spurs’ performance felt similar to many of their games since the end of February last season, particularly wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle, when they went level after the break and outplayed their opponents. blew up
They really should have scored more with Saints goalkeeper Gavin Bazzuno, and it was telling that Spurs were so effective that Kane or Son were nowhere near their best.
Despite the sense of renewed hope, Conte’s XI were in reality only aware of one change from the side that ended at Norwich last season, with the return of a fit-again Cristian Romero.
The Italian bench was reshuffled, however, with five of the six summer signings between them all and only the suspended Richarlison missing. Ivan Perisic played for the final half hour, while Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet were also given debuts as late substitutes.
The prospect of new additions to the squad, including Richarlison, who was serving a one-match ban, suggests that Conte’s side still have many new levels to look forward to, although it was also notable that last season’s How did the squad’s players react to the new competition?
Sessegnon, who has bulked up over the summer, was superb and scored the equalizer when he found Kyle Wicker-Peters to head home Koleczewski’s cross at the back post. It was a display of killer instinct and decisiveness that suggests the 21-year-old is already learning from Perisic and will compete with the Croatian legend for the left-back spot.
Sessegnon had the ball in the net again seconds after the restart but the flag was up, denying his cool right-footed finish – another encouraging moment.
Emerson also responded to fresh competition on the right side in the form of David Spence with two assists in as many minutes to secure the game.
As easy as it is to predict, Klosewski is almost impossible to stop in full flow.
The Brazilian, who was often the weak link for Spurs last season, was partly at fault for the Saints’ goal when he was too quick to go to ground on the byline, allowing Moussa Genipou to latch on to a fine cross. A chance was created which Ward Prowse threw into the ground with a volley cross. And ahead of Hugo Lloris.
But Emerson led a counter-attack for Spurs’ third goal before Sileso somehow deflected his shot over the line.
Emerson added another assist with a cut-back for Klosewski, the man of the game, who curled a low shot into the far corner in a display that suggested Richterlison had his back to dislodge the 22-year-old. The work will have to be finished.
As easy as it is to predict, Klosewski is nearly impossible to stop when he’s in full flow and rampaging down the right.
Kolosievski was so good last season, there is a case that he will suffer a dip in form at some point soon but the Swede and Spurs only seem to be going from strength to strength under Conte.